There’s nothing quite like tucking into warm salted chips, fresh battered cod and creamy mushy peas for dinner – all the better if it comes with a classic wooden fork and sachets of ketchup. If British cuisine knows one thing, it’s how to deep fry fish so that it’s delightfully delicate on the inside and crispy on the outside. This is especially true for the East End’s well-established chippies.
With so many great local places to choose from, it’s easy to flounder on a Friday night when you’re in need of a fishy fix. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best fish and chip shops in town.
Greedy Fish and Chips
150 Roman Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 0RY
Opening in October 2019, this Globe Town establishment with its newspaper-covered interior sits opposite Peckover Butchers. The shop’s co-owner, Ali Yukselir is no stranger to the business, bringing 30 years of experience to the game – he previously opened a chippie in Bethnal Green which has been going since the 90s.
Greedy’s menu includes an impressive array of fish, from ultimate classics such as cod, hake and haddock, to the more unusual: battered mussels and wholetail scampi. If deep fried fish isn’t your favourite, they also have a grilled fish section on their menu, including salmon and king prawns – all reasonably priced.
What makes Greedy’s special is how they prepare their skinless fish, which uses groundnut oil and halloumi butter. For those looking to spice up their chip orders, you can choose between normal, sweet potato or halloumi chips, with the option to add gravy on top.
For vegetarians, they sell jamaican patties, veggie burgers and vegetable sausages.
Greedy Fish and Chips are currently doing takeaway.
Britannia Fish Bar
101 Grove Road, London E3 5RP
Britannia Fish Bar’s bright blue exterior can be spotted from far away when strolling down Grove Road. Sitting on the fringes of Mile End Park and a stone’s throw away from Queen Mary’s University, this chippie has been an affordable and consistent favourite among locals and students for the past 30 years. In the warmer months, residents can be seen lounging on Haverfield Green catching the last rays of the sun with fish and chips in hand.
Britannia’s menu is as you expect: a good selection of fish including cod, haddock, plaice, rock, scampi and the slightly pricier, skate. According to Britannia’s team, the customer favourite by far is cod.
Their chips are hailed by regular Graham Smith, ‘Britannia’s is my wife’s favourite. Their chips are nice and crispy on the outside, with a soft, fluffy inside. Whatever you order, you get a good sized portion too.’ Local resident Vicks Hatcher also praises Britannia for their quality food, ‘you can tell they always cook their fish in fresh oil, which makes a big difference’.
Britannia is open for takeaway only from Monday to Saturday. They are currently running a reduced service from 1pm-8pm, but their normal opening hours are from 11am-11pm. Local Beverley Charters has a great insider’s tip for when they’re busy, ‘you can ring up and pre-order which can help when there’s long queues.’
626 Roman Rd, Bow, London E3 2RW
The 50-year-old Saucy Kipper next to Gregg’s on Roman Road is a well-loved local favourite. Stepping into this traditional chippie is like stepping back in time; next to its classic heated glass countertop stands a jar of pickled onions. Their fresh fish – cod, rock salmon, haddock, plaice and skate – comes with thickly cut chips, cocooned in paper and served with a wooden fork.
It’s known to locals as Savvas’ due to its delightfully friendly owner from Cyprus, Savvas Agyrou, who’s been feeding customers since 1970. ‘People call me the “Codfather”‘ Argyrou chuckles as he describes his job, ‘because I’ve been here so long. I’ll always be here. It’s my life.’
Charisma aside, the Saucy Kipper also makes selling high-quality fish their priority. Agyrou goes to the fish shop everyday at 6am to collect fresh deliveries, ‘I don’t believe in frozen fish… frozen has a completely different taste,’ he explains.
Local regulars Pauline Blackledge and Paul Wellington are big fans of the Saucy Kipper’s fish. Blackledge’s dish of choice is their ‘skate and chips’, while Wellington loves their haddock and how ‘Savvas and his staff always have time for a chat; I regard them as friends’.
The Saucy Kipper is currently open from 11.30am – 10pm everyday for takeaway and delivery to any postcode. Heads up: their busiest evenings are Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
Fish and Ships
1 St James’s Ave, Bethnal Green, London E2 9JD
Fish and Ships comes highly recommended from Globe Town inhabitants. ‘Great quality and reasonably priced – you can’t go wrong’, enthuses local resident Nick Reilly.
Their fish menu, which contains the usual suspects, comes in two sizes: regular or large, making Fish and Ships a great lunch spot too. Their friendly team say the customer choice is, of course, cod and chips. For those wanting a less traditional accompaniment to their fish, they also sell halloumi fries, cheesy chips, onion rings, spring rolls and Pukka pies.
With seating inside and a peaceful location just off Old Ford Road, this makes a good choice for eating in. But if you don’t feel like making the voyage to Fish and Ships, the shop also offers delivery via UberEats, Deliveroo and JustEats.
This chippie is currently open for takeaway from Monday to Saturday, 1pm-9pm.
245 Wick Road, Hackney, London, E9 5DG
For our Hackney Wick friends, the no-frills Wick Fisheries is a very convenient option; they offer both takeaway and delivery.
As their vibrant orange, branded exterior suggests, this chippie sells a range of Pukka pies, but they are best known for their fish and chips. You can choose between cod, rock, plaice, haddock and skate, at very affordable prices. For the vegetarians, they sell cheese and onion pasties, spring rolls and mushy pea fritters.
Wick Fisheries is open from Monday to Wednesday from 11 30am – 9 30 pm. From Thursday to Saturday they close a little later, at 10pm. If you want to enjoy their menu from your home, you can deliver on UberEats and Deliveroo.
If you want to venture further afield, our readers also recommend Barry’s Fish Bar on Devons Road, Fish House in Victoria Park Village and Captain’s Table in Poplar.
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